The English education (7-12) postbaccalaureate teacher certification program leads to eligibility for New York State initial certification to teach English in grades 7-12. This program is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in English or a related field from an accredited college or university and intend to complete the coursework required for New York State certification to teach English in secondary or middle schools.
After successfully completing the teacher certification program and passing required New York State teacher certification exams, students are eligible to apply for New York State certification through the Teacher Certification Office, Caudell Hall 101.
No degree or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State.
Students are responsible for any additional certification requirements, including the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills written test for provisional/initial certification, and child abuse certification.
It takes approximately three to four semesters to complete certification requirements at Buffalo State. Students in this program take both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses and are billed appropriately for each level. Graduate-level credits may be applied to a master’s degree at Buffalo State.
Advisement: Each student is assigned an academic adviser.
Financial Assistance: For financial aid purposes, students are considered fifth-year undergraduates, eligible for undergraduate loans.
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale) and a major in English (or a related discipline with a minimum of 36 credit hours in English), including courses in Shakespeare, ethnic American literature, young adult literature, and world literature.*
2. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in English coursework.*
3. Two years of high school or two semesters of college study in one foreign language.*
Applicants must verify foreign language study with high school or college transcripts.
4. Coursework in exceptional education and educational technology (3 credit hours each) or demonstrated expertise in these areas.*
*Applicants who do not meet these requirements should apply as a premajor to the
postbaccalaureate certificate program. In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.
Undergraduate-Level Education Courses 15 credits
EDF 403 Historical/Philosophical Forces on Secondary Education
EDU 416 Teaching Reading
ENG 311 Teaching Language
ENG 463 Methods in the Teaching of Secondary English (6)
Graduate-Level Education Courses 9 credits
EDF 500 Multicultural Education
EDF 503 Educational Psychology
EDF 529 Adolescent Psychology
ENG 692 The Teaching of Writing
Student Teaching Courses 12 credits
ENG 464/ENG 465 Supervised Student Teaching
Total Required Credit Hours 36 credits
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.